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This time of year there are plentiful events and get-togethers that are hard to attend if you are not feeling your best. Be sure to stay hydrated and protect yourself against colds and flu while protecting your oral health as well. Following are some beverage options that can help your teeth and gum health:

Milk—this nutritious beverage is good for your teeth as well as your bones. Rich in calcium,
phosphorous, protein and Vitamin D, it is a healthy choice for your smile unless you are lactose intolerant. If you are allergic to dairy, you can find good substitutions in your health food aisle, such as fortified soy or almond milk.

Real Fruit Juice—real fruit juice can be made in your own home or bought in the health food section of your local grocery store. Make sure the juices are low in acid, such as pear or apple, without extra sweeteners added.

Clear Teas—clear tea, like white or green tea stimulates saliva production. Saliva acts as a rinsing agent, washing away food particle debris and buffers acid which causes tooth enamel erosion (be wary of adding lemon or honey which can wreak havoc with sugar and acid production).

Natural Root Beer—Root beer is one of the few soft drinks that is good for you! Researchers with the Academy of General Dentistry found that root beer caused the least damage of any sodas tested. Originally created by Charles Hires, root beer was originally made as herbal tea, mixed with roots, berries, herbs and spices. The following ingredients in root beer help your oral health:

Licorice root helps with coughs and bronchitis
Sarsaparilla root helps with sinusitis
Anise is an expectorant
Wintergreen is anti-mucus
Clove helps with tooth and gum pain
Balsam relieves coughing
Cherry bark is good for cough relief
Fenugreek helps with bronchitis relief

Tap Water—water from your kitchen sink can help to strengthen your tooth enamel because it contains fluoride. Water also prevents dry mouth, which means saliva is in plentiful supply. Saliva is very healthy for your teeth and gums with its protective properties.

Mineral Water—bottled mineral water has up to four times as much calcium and magnesium as regular tap water, which provide healthy minerals for your teeth.

This winter season, take extra care of your health and keep your smile bright by staying hydrated with healthy choices. Please give us a call at 602.485.0505 if you have any questions or concerns, or would like to schedule your next dental checkup.